LTD Series - 04 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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LTD Series - 04LTD Series - 04

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BA SCORE
82
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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IntriqKen on 12-14-2010

"What do you get when you brew an elegant limited edition lager with one select barley? LTD 04, the single malt of beers! This brand new edition to our LTD Series is a finely balanced single malt, single hop, beer that is pale-golden in color and brewed with just pale malt and pleasantly hopped with just Willamette hops."

ABV 7% IBU 45
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 107
Reviews by Spineypanda:
Photo of Spineypanda
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strong dark straw color with a long lasting foamy head.
Smells almost abrasive, but then the hops come through and you get a good lager aroma.
Taste is at first like a punch in the face with malts, but then really mellows out. Pretty interesting taste overall.

For a single malt single hop beer, this is a really nice one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I actually poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a clear light to medium golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop.Toasted grain and a sweetish pizza dough quality in the nose,a tinge of iron and sweet alcohol round out the aromas.Bready/doughy malt is the main player on the palate with the mouthfeel almost to the chewey point for me wich is pretty cool,there is a peppery hop presence felt in the finish.Hey this is a kick ass lager,in some ways it has a pale bock quality to it but it's not a pale bock it's just a well made "big" American lager beer.Well done Full Sail on this one.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Another limited-release lager from the PNW; yellow does not have to mean fizzy and flavorless. Bubbly, sticky lacing with a shiny golden-yellow hue. Clean and dry malty nose that leans more toward fresh-baked bread with a spicy, woody hoppiness to round it out. Not lacking in crispness, it refreshes the palate with each sip. Hops run at the palate in a bold manner, yet leave more than enough wiggle room for the malt to plant a thick grainy flavor. Alcohol does not pass by without notice; warmth meshes with the spiciness of the hops. Bitter, dry finish. A tamed monster of sorts--a fun 12 ounces with a bit of attitude.

Photo of Mora2000
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and a lot of grain. Not really very exciting, but nothing offensive. The flavor is the same as the aroma. I get a lot of grain and grassy hops, with a little bit of earthy hops also mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy to drink, but nothing very exciting.

Photo of LXIXME
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from slightly above the glass gives this beer a big white lasting head above a clear straw yellow golden colored beer.

Light sour grains, yeast strains, and more sourness in the aroma.

Light sour grains, light bitter hops, and a very light yeast taste.

A sour to almost light bitter aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

A decent enough beer, semi close to a pilsner taste which really isn't in my wheelhouse, but worth a try.

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This lager is a mostly clear but just slightly hazed brilliant gold-orange that develops a nice, thick and chunky off-white, almost yellowish head that settles to one finger and leaves lacing that, while spotty, is plentiful.
This is a distinctive one, balanced between dry and sweet, a bit of wood on the dry side with something unusual in the sweetness that works for this beer, almost but not quite fruity with something like bubble gum but not quite. Again, unusual. A bit of pepper finishes it out in a sweet finish with just a tinge of alcohol. I was concerned with the screw cap at first, but this is a good lager, packed with flavor for what it is.
The body is crisp and light but doesn't give up smoothness, which comes out filling without being too much. Alcohol tingles and dries up the finish a touch.
The lager-hating community should give this one a shot. I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Listed as a single malt, single hop (Willamette) European lager on the box.

Pours a beautiful crystal-clear medium gold with a tall (2") white head of very tight bubbles that melts slowly leaving a lovely map in it's wake.

Aroma is slightly diacetyl (buttery) with a very slight soapiness.

Definitely "one malt, one hop". I didn't notice much complexity in the flavor. Still a bit of diacetyl, some chewy malt, then a finish of the willamette hops which adds slight bitterness but doesn't seem to create a balance. A warming alcohol feel follows the swallow all the way down to the tummy.

Mouthfeel is almost too thick...definitely very creamy and the carbonation feels very nice and does try to break up the creaminess a bit.

I'm almost sorry that I didn't pick up only one bottle rather than a 6 pack as I don't find this one overly enjoyable. A bit too much alcohol, a bit too thick in the mouth, and the hops continue to leave a slightly unpleasant taste in my mouth after the drink is gone. Many one hop beers do a wonderful job of showing off the hop character and making for a balanced drink even though only one hop is used.
To me, this one didn't.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail LTD Series Recipe Number: 04
Coded: 051011 15:25 FL

Appearance: The body is a crystal-clear deep gold. Creamy white head. Retention and lacing are average.

Smell: Hoppy! Floral, woody, grassy, and subtly minty. Some grainy malt makes its way through sometimes appearing bready and sometimes appearing doughy with a bit of sweetness. Overall, bright and fresh.

Taste: The malt and hops combine nicely. The malt displays its grainy/bready character and gives a bit of sweetness; and the hops are enlivened by the sweetness, and anchored by the grainy flavor. A solid bitterness anchors it and keeps the malty sweetness from actually becoming 'sweet'. It starts with a dollop of maltiness; introduces the hops across the middle and through to the finish; and then leaves you with another bit of grainy malt in the aftertaste. A hint of alcohol can be found underneath. It's very clean and lager-like, with just a subtle touch of yeasty sulphur to it. It's nicely balanced and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that delicately bristles the tongue.

Overall: An interesting beer with a lot of drinkability. It's very much like a helles bock; and certainly well made. The floral/woody/minty hops and rich malt are compelling, but it's also very basic. It's easy to just drink it and be satisfied without focusing on any complexity or nuances. A perfect beer for spring. I could get used to this... except that it's limited!!!

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $2 at EuroMarket. Poured clear gold with a tall head and lacing. I gotta say, I'm a fan. There's a sharp cracker and crust malt note in the aroma. That same character is met in the taste with smoother caramel and dough. There's a balanced, spicy hops finish that lingers with light hints of fruit. Frankly, this tastes like a fantastic American take on the helles bock style. I'd happily go through a case of this in the spring. It crisp and a touch cleaner than other examples of the style, but it's rich, drinkable and interesting.

UPDATE 3/27/12: Pretty much the same as last year's batch. Toasty in the aroma, big bready caramel in the flavor. Great lager.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body with only a few bubbles coming up.
The aroma is rich caramel and lemon.
The taste is smooth caramel and honey sweet with a mild bitterness. Great balance.
Soft texture with low carbonation.
It has the lighter and better parts of a bock; great if you aren't keen on the heavy sweetness of a traditional bock.

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 1 ½ rich foamy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a thin filmy creaminess that maintains some richness and leaves back a nice looking frothy cascade of lacing that recedes into some sticky swathes on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of grassy and spicy notes that mix in with the earthy and tangy combo of citric hops and sweet toasted grains. This is simple enough but it works.

The taste is pretty much identical, with a grassy and spicy feel and citrus rind bitterness that is balanced by some smooth bready grains across the back of the palate. Green bitterness hangs in the back of the throat a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that keeps things relatively sharp in the mouth while also staying quite smooth and silky in the back as this nears the swallow. No alcohol whatsoever is present here and I honestly would never had guessed that this was 7% (hell, I even double checked their website to be sure!).

Despite the simple and straightforward take here, this was still flavorful, crisp, and ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I don't think that I've had a 7% beer as "sessionable" as this one was in quite some time. Count me in as a fan.

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. twist off bottle picked up recently at Trader Joe's and poured into a pils glass. Shows a clear and bright golden straw with half an inch of almost white foam. A light boil of CO2 works its way up to reinforce the cap. Moderate retention.

Nose is of sweet bread and a bit of lemon hops. Hop notes expand a bit with some air to offer some woodsy spice. Pleasant albeit a bit thin in variety.

Taste again offers lemon notes along with some orange and a bit of grain. Finishes with a lightly coarse bitterness and a return of sweet and peppery lemon oil. Feel is neutral for me, a bit thin when cold and firming up a bit with warming but never really offering much. As a result it drinks rather easily, sweet enough to mask the alcohol yet not so much to be cloying or mask a light bitterness on the finish.

Photo of HoppyToad
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I generally enjoy a cold, Full Sail lager after an afternoon of yard work. But this brew is simply too boozy for a thirst-quencher. So, after my initial disappointment, I found a way to make it more drinkable:

Pour 1/2 bottle LTD #4 into a frosty pub glass, then add 1/2 bottle Full Sail Session Lager. You won't notice the alcohol nearly as much. And the flavors blend perfectly!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful brassy-lemon coloring with an easy clarity. Marshmellow full head, about a finger high displays a good rate of retention leaving a modest size band for lace. Medium dense shower of macro-bubbles travel quickly upwards. As far as looks go overall per style, this is good in show with a nice clarity, coloring and lasting foam head.

S: A bit of graininess, though not as much as I would like combines with a earthy green leafy hopping. There is a touch of dry celery stalk and herbaceous hops rounding things out.

T: Grainy flavor, a bit dry with a complimentary spicy and earthy herbaceous hopping. Some dry malt and hay sweetness, lightly toasted bread with a slight indication of citrus. Finishes with a nice level of hops.

M: Good feel in the mouth, medium full, not as crisp as one expects, especially from the visual carbonation display. Malty feel, slick and hearty texture.

D: Good drinkability, a 7.0% that drinks more like a 5%. Very easy to down, enjoyable in multiples with much respect per style. A great summertime lager for that backyard gathering. I could go case here for fans of style. Session downer and a reminder this is a pale lager, not an apa or ipa. Good amount of hops per style and easy drinking nature.

Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 6-pack... love single malt and hop brews... Willamette are my favorite hops...

- Clear yellow brew.. fluffy quick settling white head down to a thing blanket of creamy white.. bit of lacing..

- Fresh semi-sweet grain and bitter floral hop.... nice hint of alcohol.. seems like a very crisp and fresh lager.

- Lovely grain sweetness.. little touch of corn, biscuit.. sweet layer across the tongue... nice bitter zingy hops really hit the tongue.. super good hop bitterness... and a nice subtle floral finish. Certainly a good drinker. Hops and alcohol work well together.

- Light bodied, slightly syrupy sweet but only slightly.. and drying..

- Overall drinkability is dangerous and good... tastes great, is smooth... and hides the strength well.

Photo of theghost3
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden with a 2-finger yellow-white head. Some lacing.

The smell is faint--yeast and biscuity malts. Taste is caramel malts with lemon, slightly astringent; bitter. Somewhat spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, rather carbonated.

This is a drinkable pale lager. Interestingly malty with surprising spicy characteristics.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden hue with a solid, white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smells of pale malts mostly. Some earthy notes can found if you breath deep enough.

Tastes of pale malt domination. Again, big pale malts that have a bready character with a hint of toast and some sweetness. Hops are slight, but present and offer a grassy, herbal taste. Not much bitterness makes it lean towards sticky sweet. As it warms, alcohol becomes more prevalent and I find the sweetness to become a little cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation. I would definitely prefer more pronounced carbonation.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brenda picked me up a couple of these at the COOP tonight... Thanks Babe. Poured into my small Grolsch goblet.

1 finger white head.... only okay retention atop a polished golden brew.

The aroma screams big pale malts... the hops seem a bit restrained with some earthy/herbal qualities.. but really, the clean malts dominate.

Clean pale malt is out front.. maybe some minor sulfur.. the hop bitterness is very balanced with again some herbal notes showing later on the palate.. a tiny bit of EtOH shows.. but you should expect it on a lager with this pronounced ABV.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are nice.... maybe a bit thick..

"Euro Pale Lager" as a category for this brew is only going to drive the reviews down... No doubt, I would put this in the Maibock realm... Very nice... If you don't like this one, then you don't like well made lagers.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Photo of yamar68
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to stange glass:

a - Pours a clear, deep golden honey with a finger of white head. Rather nice lacing and clarity. Simple.

s - Pale malts with a sweeter, subtle hop presence. Slight orange and spice. Thai basil.

t - Really fresh. The higher alcohol plays an interesting part. The bite doesn't feel out of place, it's actually rather complementary of the base flavors. A bit sweet and smooth, like a kolsch almost.

m - Nice medium mouthfeel - a bit cloying, the sweet malt holds on for a while. Not bad.

o - This was the beer of the month at Zipp's which makes it less than 6 bucks a sixer. At that price, this would have a regular spot in my fridge. Otherwise, it's something that I'd get every so often. A nice lager.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and bready malt, light grassy hops; slightly sour. Flavor is bready malt, grassy hops and hints of light fruit juice and nuts. An odd flavor combination, but kind of grew on me as I drank this. Medium bodied. An interesting malty ale. I have to say the BA style of American pale lager is much more apt than the bottle's label of "pale bock". This is not very close to a bock, but enjoyable.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail LTD 04 has a thin, slightly off-white head and a rich, clear, golden appearance, with some lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is slight, but, with effort, one can detect some sweetness and a bit of citrus. Taste is stronger, with grape fruit, bread, sugar, and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Full Sail LTD 04 finishes crisp and dry. Overall, for the alcohol level, it is quite drinkable. Good stuff.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is rather malty but also has some notes of lemon citrus and hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of grainy malts dominate the taste, which has a slight amount of bitterness and notes of lemons. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer packs in a surprisingly good amount of flavor considering it's made with just a single malt and a single hop, yet there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of blakelive784
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a transparent, honey golden color with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is average.

S - Clean barley, light floral hops, pale malt,and honey. Simple, refined an pleasant. The smell renewed my interest.

T - A lightly creamy body and pleasant crystal malt give way to lightly floral and bitter hops. There's a pleasant honey throughout as well. There's not really much else there, but in this case, it's not a bad thing. It's balanced extremely well.

M - Light bodied, a bit crisp, and smooth on the finish.

D - It's built well and is a pleasure to drink, but lacks any character that makes it memorable. I appreciated the simplicity, but I think there are better offerings from Full Sail.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Golden yellow with a 1/8 head and no retention

Smell: There are some citrus notes some grassy notes and some bready yeast

Taste: Boring maltyness upfronts kind of taste stale a bit of bitter hops and kind of a flat finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a tingly almost champagne feel

Overall: Not very impressed with this beer. It has a interesting front to it that is a bit off putting. The backend is ok but not good enough to want to drink it again

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pils glass.

4.0 A: Clear golden yellow color. Three fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is pretty good and a great deal of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grassiness through and through. Hay, floral and earthy hops, moderate neutral malt sweetness, and that lager yeast smell.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Grass, hay, floral and earthy hops, sticky neutral maltiness. Moderate doughiness and could be a bit cleaner, but good enough.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety viscousness with plenty of creaminess. Very nice here.

3.75 D: Good beer with no real flaws. The mouthfeel is awesome.

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LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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